One woman's odyssey through a century of turmoil... St Petersburg: One famous night of violence in the October Revolution ends the lavish life of the Romanov court forever - shattering the dreams of young Countess Zoya Ossupov. Paris: Under the shadow of the Great War, emigres struggle for survival as taxi drivers, seamstresses and ballet dancers. Zoya flees there in poverty... and leaves in glory. America: A glittering world of flappers, fast cars and furs in the Roaring Twenties; a world of comfort and cafe society that would come crashing down without warning. Zoya - A true heroine of our time - emerges triumphant from this panoramic web of history into the 80s to face challenges and triumphs.